President Donald Trump spoke with VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren after his summit talks with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un in Singapore about what the 2 mentioned and what to anticipate subsequent.
Van Susteren: What stunned you about Kim Jong Un?
Trump: “Actually, he’s acquired an excellent persona. He’s a humorous man, he’s very good, he’s an excellent negotiator. He loves his folks, not that I’m stunned by that, however he loves his folks. And I feel that we now have the beginning of an incredible deal. We’re going to denuke North Korea. It’s going to begin instantly and loads of different issues are taking place, together with getting the stays again. You realize — that’s been — know you’ve been so concerned in North Korea, however getting the stays again Greta is so necessary to so many individuals. They’ve referred to as me, they wrote me letters, “Please are you able to do it?” and he’s agreed to try this, hundreds of individuals so — who died within the struggle — in order that’s a giant deal.”
Van Susteren: So you set the human rights concern on the desk at present and he reacted how?
Trump: “Very effectively. I imply, we clearly had been speaking concerning the denuclearization 90 p.c of the time, however we put loads of different issues, together with human rights had been talked about, getting the stays again had been a giant issue, the truth is we put it within the doc, we had been capable of get that within the doc, we acquired loads of good issues in that doc, that was far past what anybody thought was going to occur.”
Van Susteren: Give me some behind the scenes, did you concern an ultimatum to him, did he concern an ultimatum to you? What was the backwards and forwards?
Trump: “No, not an ultimatum. We’ve been dealing for 3 months actually and we’ve been dealing via our varied representatives together with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who’s executed a extremely implausible job. So we’ve been dealing for a fairly good time frame and once we met at present, we acquired alongside proper from the start. You realize for me that is hour quantity 25. I haven’t been sleeping for 25 hours, it’s been a giant lengthy negotiation and I am very happy with it. It begins a course of. You realize that might have led to a struggle, that might have ended with many hundreds of thousands of individuals — you already know North Korea very effectively, Seoul has 28 million folks, that might have ended up with hundreds of thousands of individuals useless however we’re gonna find yourself with a deal.”
Van Susteren: What about our troops? Are they staying in South Korea?
Trump: “Yeah they will keep. We didn’t even focus on that, that wasn’t mentioned. We’re going to get out of the struggle video games that price a lot cash. You realize the place we — trigger I feel primary, it’s very provocative, and I need to do it, and I feel they’re very pleased about it as a result of it’s so provocative. Nevertheless it break the bank to do it. And we received’t do this so long as we’re negotiating in good religion.”
Van Susteren: What introduced Kim to the desk this time after saber-rattling over a long time?
Trump: “Properly truly I don’t suppose there’s been an excessive amount of saber rattling, previous to me I don’t suppose, they principally had a silencio perspective – silence – they didn’t need to speak about it and you’ll’t do this. And I feel the preliminary rhetoric was crucial. Frankly, as a lot as I hated to do it and as a lot as some folks thought I used to be doing the incorrect factor. I feel with out that, we wouldn’t be right here. I additionally suppose he actually desires to make a deal, he desires to do one thing. “
Van Susteren: However why?
Trump: “As a result of he is aware of that we imply enterprise. I don’t suppose he felt that previously. I feel previously, look it was completely different folks, it didn’t work out. However he is aware of that we need to do enterprise, we now have to do enterprise and we are going to do enterprise. And now we do have — it’s been you already know not a very long time — though you would say from day one, we’ve been speaking about North Korea in a really robust method. However I feel we signed a doc at present which was far, far larger and extra complete than folks thought – and no person thought this was potential.”
Van Susteren: What do you suppose he considered you after he left?
Trump: “I feel he appreciated me and I like him. And I perceive the previous and, you already know, no person has to inform me, he’s a tough man. He needs to be a tough man or he has been a tough individual. However we acquired alongside very effectively. He’s good, loves his folks, he loves his nation. He desires loads of good issues and that’s why he’s doing this.”
Van Susteren: “However he’s starved them. He’s been brutal to them. He nonetheless loves his folks?”
Trump: “Look, he’s doing what he’s seen executed, should you take a look at it. However, I actually need to go by at present and by yesterday and by a few weeks in the past as a result of that’s actually when this complete factor began. Once more, with out the rhetoric and with out the sanctions — the sanctions had been crucial — the sanctions are going to stay on till such time as we see, you already know, that is going to occur. And we just about see that now however the sanctions will stay on till we actually begin dismantling or dismantle the nuclear weapons.”
Van Susteren: “As a result of that is Voice of America it will likely be heard in North Korea by the residents of DPRK of North Korea. What do you need to say on to the residents of North Korea?”
Trump: “Properly, I feel you’ve got any person that has an excellent feeling for them. He desires to do proper by them and we acquired alongside rather well. We had an excellent chemistry — you perceive how I really feel about chemistry. It’s crucial. I imply, I do know folks the place there isn’t a chemistry it doesn’t matter what you do you simply don’t have it. We had it proper from the start, I talked about that and I feel nice issues are going to occur for North Korea.”
Van Susteren: “Mr. President, good to see you. All the best way from Washington.”
Trump: “That’s true. It’s been a very long time. Sooner or later I’ll give you the chance to fall asleep, I feel. You realize, get slightly relaxation.”
Van Susteren: “Certainly. Have a secure journey again sir.”
Trump: “Thanks Greta, an excellent honor.”